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Justin Sweeting

Live and loving it

The Clockenflap main stage.

Hong Kong was visited by giants of pop and indie music, and the city was finally blessed with a world-class festival, but the local music landscape in 2012 was ruled by a chubby thirty-something Korean man doing a ridiculous horse dance.

Sunday, 30 December, 2012, 3:29pm

Justin Sweeting is happy to be making a live music scene in Hong Kong

Justin Sweeting is a pioneering promoter of live music in Hong Kong. Photo: Shern Sharma

It's not easy fighting on the frontline for forward-thinking music in Hong Kong. Being surrounded by one of the world's most efficient pop machines, sky-high rents and a dearth of live music venues means it's a never-ending battle to entice audiences, pay for venues and, most of all, continue to bring quality acts to our city.

2 Dec 2012 - 4:32pm


June 6, 7.30pm, The Wanch

Headbangers around the world will be out in force next Tuesday when the calendar is aligned to 666, the 'number of the beast' mentioned in the New Testament's Book of Revelation.

1 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Big Night out

Luke Saunders

Robotics consultant

I hate Friday nights. The only thing worse in Hong Kong is a Saturday night. If Thursdays are the new Fridays, then I like to stick firmly to Wednesday nights and play it safe.

22 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

For Change, People and Our City

Sep 24, 7.30pm, Warehouse

Heavy metal band AC/DC once declared that rock'n'roll ain't noise pollution. A new CD compilation of local bands is trying to show that it can also lead to positive changes.

1 Sep 2005 - 12:00am


Tonight, 9pm, Cat's Store

She's an anomaly in the local music scene - a singer-songwriter who straddles the divide between folk and pop and is rarely seen without her guitar.

14 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Nat Andrews

Social worker

My most recent big night out started fairly early, about 6.30pm, when we had a pre-dinner drink at Barco on Staunton Street, which is usually quiet then and has excellent happy hour prices.

26 May 2005 - 12:00am

Susan Hynes


5 May 2005 - 12:00am

The Swamp

The Swamp

Guangzhou-based rockers The Swamp are a product of their surroundings, chronicling the alienation that's accompanied the economic transformation of their booming home town.

The band wowed Hong Kong audiences recently, and their albums have now been released locally. This month, they're off on a 16-date tour of the mainland.

1 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

We will rock you

Some of the Rock On 2004 lineup. Check listings for dates and times.

Air Tub Hard-rock foursome; released debut album in 2003.

Audio Traffic Guitar pop rock from the band formerly known as Cry.

AZ Quintet, with members from Ace and Tears; first runner-up at Gold Coast Band Festival.

Black Wine Progressive punk rockers.

13 Jul 2004 - 12:00am